The genetics and breeding of taro

by Anton Ivancic (writer), Vincent Lebot (writer)
Collection: Hors Collection
january 2000
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Taro (Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott) is an ancient and important root crop and more than 400 million people include taro in their diets. It is grown as a root crop, as a leafy vegetable and sometimes as an ornamental in a wide range of environments. This publication gives general information about Taro and some basic data on related root crop species. It deals with taxonomy, botany, origin and distribution, genetic resources, reproductive biology, and problems associated with genetics and breeding. The final goal is to help to revitalize agricultural production, not only of taro, but also of other aroid root crop species.

Table of contents

7 Foreword

8 Acknowledgements

9 Résumé

11 Introduction

15 Taro and related aroid species

39 Systematics of taro

39 Vernacular names in major languages

39 Botanical classification

42 Ploidy levels

45 Origin and centres of diversity

51 Genetic resources

51 Brief description of the crop

58 Classification of taro genotypes

63 Germplasm collections

65 Characterization and evaluation of taro genetic resources

79 Reproductive biology

79 Structure of inflorescence

87 Flowering

91 Pollination and fertilization systems

94 Fruit

94 Seed

99 Breeding

99 Breeding methods

109 Planting seeds

113 Selection

118 Main targets and brief description of breeding approaches

141 References

149 Appendix

151 The morpho-agronomic descriptors for Colocasia

177 Glossary

189 Plates


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Language(s): English

Publisher: Cirad

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Hors Collection

Published: 1 january 2000

Reference Book: CI787

Reference eBook [PDF]: CI787NUM

EAN13 Book: 9782876144149

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759206568

Interior: Two-colour

Format (in mm) Book: 160 x 239

Pages count Book: 194

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 194

Weight (in grammes): 455

Size: 4,7 Mo (PDF)


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